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Nulling and adaptive optics for very high dynamic range coronagraph
Author(s): Jun Nishikawa; Naoshi Murakami; Lyu Abe; Takayuki Kotani; Motohide Tamura; Kaito Yokochi; Takashi Kurokawa
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Paper Abstract

We have started demonstrating a technique for high dynamic range observations in the lab. This method, proposed by Nishikawa et al., combines a nulling interferometer, a wavefront compensator, and a coronagraph. In the experiments, two beams are generated by a beam splitter and they are combined by another beam splitter under an intensity-unbalanced nulling condition. After the unbalanced nulling interferometer (UNI), normal wavefront sensor and two deformable mirrors are applied for phase and amplitude correction (PAC). Wavefront errors of the two original beams, large errors after the UNI, and compensated errors after the PAC by the deformable mirrors will be measured. After the UNI-PAC method is applied, a downstream coronagraph optics will be set to see that the peak intensity of the central star is dimmed and speckle noise level is also reduced relative to off-axis planet intensity. Possible applications of the method are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62653Q (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671541
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Jun Nishikawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Naoshi Murakami, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Lyu Abe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Takayuki Kotani, Max-Planck Institute für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Motohide Tamura, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Kaito Yokochi, Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology (Japan)
Takashi Kurokawa, Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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